President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is the Commander In Chief of armed forces this week met the Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola for briefing on the rampant kidnappings and murders that have rocked the country, SpyReports writes.
According to our highly placed security sources, the President summoned and held a meeting with Ochola on Tuesday evening before he left the country for Cairo Egypt on a three day state visit at the invitation of president Gen Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Sources who are privy to the security meeting revealed to yours truly that the President tasked Ochola to explain who could be behind these murders and kidnappings that have since ravaged Kampala this year begun.
“Ochola I want you to tell me if these increasing murders and kidnaps are planned by specific group of people trying to disorganize our security or it is just increased criminality that police has failed to control,” a source quoted the tough talking Museveni as quizzing Ochola during the meeting.
Another source added that the President further asked Ochola if police has arrested some people in connection to all these murders and kidnaps that painted a bad image for both security services and government.
Ochola in his Defence told the President that police and other security agencies like ISO and CMI are working together to end the kidnappings with immediate effect.
“Your Excellence we have arrested some suspects in connection with city murders and kidnaps and some are yet to appear in courts of law,” said Ochola adding that he has also directed director CID Grace Akullo to speed up investigations.
On Susan Magara updates, Ochola told the President that some prime suspects have been arrested and recorded extra judicial statements and some ready to appear in court.
After State house intensive grilling, Ochola has since directed all the DPCs, RPCs and CLOs to go back on the ground and sensitize the public on how to work closely with police and fight the kidnaps.
“Police officers no longer carry out community policing to sensitize the masses on how to avoid such kidnaps. So effective from Today Thursday all DPCs, RPCs and CLOs must hold community meetings twice every week,” reads part of the internal message which Ochola sent to all commanders.
Ever since this year begun, the country has witnessed a number of kidnappings mostly of women which have resulted into gruesome killings after captors taking ransom.
On February 7 this year, unknown assailants kidnapped a female cashier Susan Magara from around Kabakanjagala and later demanded 3.6bn from her parents.
The kidnappers brutally murdered her after taking a ransom of close to 700m and her body was discovered dumped in Kigo along Southern Bypass on February 27.
Magara’s kidnap came after another kidnap and brutal killing of Francis Ekalungar a former accountant at Case Clinic located in Nakasero who was kidnapped while going to bank hospital money in millions of shillings.
Ekalungar’s body was found burnt beyond recognition around Kajjansi while his car together with money was taken away by his killers.
In March, another female victim one Charity Genius Kyohirwe was also kidnapped and murdered in cold blood.
Her captors demanded shs 5m from her relatives but when parents called them to ask if they had received half of the ransom, the captors told them never to call them again.
They told them to pick the body at Mulago mortuary saying that they were working with police. Indeed the body was discovered at Mulago mortuary the following day.
Flying squad unit also in the same month rescued two children Ahmed Buwema and Hadija Nayigaga from their kidnapers who were demanding for 6om from their parents lest they kill them.
Last week, a student of YMCA Buwambe Wakiso district Brina Nalule 19 was kidnapped at Old Taxi Park while going back to school on her way from her boyfriend pastor Ronald Wambuzi.
Her kidnappers using the same method like others demanded for shs 5m from Brina’s parents before they brutally murdered her and dumped her body on Monday in a pig sty in Mutundwe Kabawo zone in Lubaga division.
The latest kidnap and murder is of unknown assailants who raped and murdered a yet to be identified female in her early twenties.
Luke Owoyesigire the police spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan says police recovered a body of a young girl in Kirokore zone in Kawempe division.
“The body looked strangled and had no any document for identification. It was just dumped alongside the road,” said Luke adding it was taken to Mulago hospital for postmortem as investigations continue.